The second congress of the French Society of Sterilization Sciences (SF2S) was held this year together with the fourth International Francophone Sterilization Conference (JIFS) at the Palais du Pharo in Marseille from 19 – 21 September with some 700 delegates in attendance.
Taking a broader view – reprocessing in other countries
Following the opening speech by the president Christophe Lambert, Ms Adjagba reported in the first lecture on current medical device reprocessing practices in Benin.
As part of a descriptive study, the current status was ascertained between December 2017 and February 2018 by means of a questionnaire. The study findings revealed, among other things, the following shortcomings: poor standard of education and training of personnel; virtually no preventive maintenance or tracking; surgical drapes were reused and in some cases manually washed; manual reprocessing of instruments was common; and there was a basic lack of procedural instructions and protocols.
The findings confirmed the importance of staff qualifications. A budget was needed for training and for equipment maintenance. Ms Adjagba concluded by pointing out that medical device reprocessing in Benin was still just about in its infancy. Rigorous measures needed to be taken to improve efficiency.
Currently, quality control was undertaken in only 5% of cases. But there was a glimmer of hope in some departments in which certified processes were already being implemented. Now where errors were detected, improvements were also possible.
Read more in Steri-World Issue 05/18.
Publication Date: 08.11.2018
Challenge mastered! - 2nd SF2S Congress and 4th JIFS International Francophone Sterilization Conference in Marseille, 19 – 21 September 2018, Steri-World 2018; Volume 1; 05/2018; p. 4-10.
Photos: Editorial staff, SF2S
Citation of this article:
Challenge mastered! 2nd SF2S Congress and 4th JIFS International Francophone Sterilization Conference in Marseille, 19 – 21 September 2018. Zentr Steril 2018; 26 (5): 284–290.